Mosaics by Barbara Wright
In the early 1990ís Barbara began making woven, beaded neckpieces, which she learned at Mendocino Art Center from Helen Banes of Washington, D.C. This led to making lampworked glass beads to incorporate into her woven pieces. Her training was at Mendocino Art Center from bead artists Kim Osibin & Leah Fairbanks (from the San Francisco Bay Area) and Ginger Kelly of Seattle, WA. The use of glass and color led Barbara to mosaics, which she has been doing for the past three years. In 2002 she attended the Scuola Arte del Mosaico in Ravenna, Italy, to learn the old techniques of mosaics, taught by renowned mosaic artist, Luciana Notturni. She was inspired by modern examples of mosaic art, combined with the traditional techniques in churches and other buildings. As a result she is now creating mirrors, picture frames, clocks and masks using art glass, Smalti, millefiori, tiles and various ancient & modern artifacts. Each piece is a unique expression of her vision and environment, with many ideas & color schemes originating from the coastal area of Trinidad, where she lives. Along with the portable pieces she has done several large mosaic projects in her home, as well as comission work in several private homes. She was juried into the 2004 Society of American Mosaic Artists show in San Francisco, and her work "Starfish" was exhibited in the Museo ItalioAmericano, an exhibition of international mosaic artists, Jan. 15- April 4, 2004. Following are photos of available works and she welcomes custom orders for which you can contact her at email@example.com .